First Arab Woman Astronaut on Her Way to Space
Nora al-Metroishi, 28, who works as a mechanical engineer for an oil company in the UAE, is expected to join NASA’s astronaut course. About a year and a half ago, she was an astronaut from the UAE in space for 8 days.
The Vice President of the Emirates and the ruler of Dubai, Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced today (Saturday) the addition of two new astronauts who will take a course at the US Space Agency. These are Muhammad al-Mullah and Nora al-Metroishi, who may be the first Arab astronaut in space.
The ruler of Dubai wrote on his Twitter account: “We are announcing the first Arab astronaut, among two new astronauts, selected from over 4,000 candidates. They will be trained by the US Space Agency for future space missions. Congratulations to Nora al-Metroishi and Muhammad al-Mullah.”
The two join Hazaa al-Mansuri, the first Arab astronaut to arrive at the International Space Station in 2019, and Dr. Sultan al-Niadi, a data security specialist who graduated from Griffith University in Australia and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brighton in the UK.
A statement from the UAE said the two would be trained as astronauts along with those admitted to the US space agency’s upcoming course.
Al-Metroshi was born in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the United Arab Emirates. She currently works as an engineer at the National Oil Company. She previously served as Vice President of the Youth Council for three consecutive years.
She is a member of the American Mechanical Engineering Association. The Persian Gulf media reported that she was ranked first among participants from the UAE at the 2011 International Mathematical Olympiad.
As a child, it was written, she loved watching the stars. “She lives by the motto ‘Do what makes you happy.'”
The first Muslim woman in space was Anusha Ansari, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, who paid for the spaceflight in September 2006. She was the fourth space tourist to arrive at the International Space Station and the first woman to pay out of pocket for her stay in space.
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